DETROIT, MI - JULY 19:  Pitcher Joba Chamberlain #44 of the Detroit Tigers sits on top of a railing around the dugout before game two of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on July 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 5-2. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Indians Grab Former Nemesis Joba Chamberlain on Minor League Deal

Joba Chamberlain‘s biggest moment in Cleveland came in the 2007 ALDS as a member of the Yankees against the Indians, but he will try to make some more positive memories in 2016 as a part of team that benefited from the midge attack. Earlier today, the Indians announced that they had signed the relief pitcher […]

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the second inning during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: November 2015

The American League Central was the home of Major League Baseball’s best team in 2015 and it won’t be easy to knock the Kansas City Royals off their throne in pursuit of another division crown. However, it looks like the Detroit Tigers are willing to spend again in an attempt to do just that. Meanwhile, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03:  Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals hits a lead off single in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Tribe Search for Outfielders Spans Far and Wide

The Indians have many areas where people think improvements are needed. Recently, Michael Brantley’s shoulder surgery increased the need for improvement in the outfield. This past season, the Indians touted an outfield that consisted of Brantley, and a rotating cast of other interchangeable players that includes at times names such as Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, David […]

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Kirby Yates #49 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Tribe Solidifies 40-Man Roster Ahead of Winter Meetings

The deadline has passed for teams to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from being drafted in the Rule 5 draft and the Indians have made some predictable, and some not-so predictable moves. Most recently however, the Tribe added a bullpen arm from the Tampa Bay Rays. Wednesday, the Indians acquired reliever […]

against the at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Tribe Free Agent Targets: Alexei Ramirez

The Indians are never heavy players in free agency and that shouldn’t change this year, but if they are active, there are two obvious places for offensive improvement. These are the outfield and third base. Giovanny Urshela played just as expected during his rookie season, providing excellent defense with some power, but overall a disappointing […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a triple with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on August 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Indians Trade Targets: Yasiel Puig

Like Marcell Ozuna, who Kevin Gall profiled earlier in the week, Yasiel Puig is a young outfielder who is currently going through some conflict with management. While this attitude should be a red flag, it may be the thing that devalues these players enough that their teams would be willing to part with them. In […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Christian Colon #24 of the Kansas City Royals is tagged out by Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians as he is picked off on a steal attempt in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

How to Handle Your Bear; AKA What to do with Carlos Santana?

Have you ever wondered where the Indians might be if Santana’s walks were base hits? If he could beat the shift a bit more and get guys into scoring or home more often? If he would just make that small adjustment, that we have all seen glimpses of over the last few years and commit […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Marcell Ozuna #13 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on September 11, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Trade Targets: Marcell Ozuna

After this past season’s let down, the Indians will need to change the makeup of their lineup if they wish to compete for a playoff spot in 2016. The Indians are certainly not going to be major players in the free agent market, although players like Jason Heyward and Chris Davis would look great in […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians rounds first his way to second on an RBI double to center during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on October 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana: Are Injuries to Blame?

There wasn’t a player on the Indians’ roster who received more negative comments this season than Carlos Santana. Long been the divisive player, representing the current debate between analytical and traditional fans, Santana did not have the type of season fans on either side of the aisle came to expect from him. Many are now […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 24: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 24, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 6-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Should the Indians Extend Cody Allen?

Before looking into the individual case of the current Indians closer, Cody Allen, I have to say that my general rule with relief pitcher extensions is never. Relief pitchers have a unique tendency in baseball to come on quickly and disappear just as quickly. There are hundreds of examples of this and very limited examples […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

What’s the Plan for Lonnie Chisenhall: Right Fielder?

As fans, we all have our favorite players. At a certain point there comes a time when the team they play for makes the decision to keep them on or let them go. Value is weighted based on what they can still offer their home team verses what they can offer in terms of filling […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22:  Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 22, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Is It Time To Extend Danny Salazar?

Danny Salazar is coming off his first full season as a professional and it was a good one. The young fire-balling phenom we all believed would lead us to playoff appearances in 2014 and beyond finally showed the promise that captivated us during his short 2013 debut season. Going into 2016, like the Indians as […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 05:  Starting pitcher Danny Salazar #31 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 5, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

GM Gossip: The Prospect of Overvaluing Prospects

After Alex Anthopoulos didn’t accept a contract extension largely because of a conversation with new Blue Jays president, Mark Shapiro, much has been said about the former Tribe GM and president. While most of that coming from sports writers and fans can be ignored, there was an interesting comment that deserves discussion told to Bob […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 22: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians makes the running catch to retire Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers in the third inning during the Interleague game at Miller Park on July 22, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Possible Indians Award Winners in 2015 (Not Including Lindor)

The 2014 season provided a decent haul for the Tribe when it came to awards and recognition with Corey Kluber taking the Cy Young and Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes grabbing Silver Sluggers for their respective positions. While as a team, the Indians had less success this year, they still had plenty of individual success. […]

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18:  Ryan Webb #54 of the Cleveland Indians follows through on a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on August 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Getting Caught In The Webb Of The Bullpen

On Sunday August 16th, Ryan Webb broke a big league record, and virtually nobody noticed. It was the same record he broke on nine previous occasions last season, as well as on multiple occasions late in 2014. Webb entered in the eighth, down 4-1 with one out and a runner on first, in relief of […]